“East…Always Moving Towards Excellence!”

Our mission is to work with the school community to provide a safe educational environment where students are stimulated to become lifelong learners, equipped with the knowledge and analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills to meet the demands of college and/or careers as informed citizens in a globally competitive market.

Greetings Raider parents, guardians, and friends,

Attention all East students, staff and parents…our PTO is holding a fundraiser at Bubbakoos between December 10th and the 14th (11 am – 9 pm daily).  For every coupon (attached) redeemed, Bubbakoo’s Burritos will donate $3 to our PTO.  The money will be used to support school growth initiatives.  Looking forward to seeing you at Bubbakoos next week!

District News!

Please take a moment to view the below link(s) highlighting district news and accomplishments!  

Week in Review

Mrs. Casey Daniel and her wonderful Journalism Staff are thrilled to venture in the social media world updating parents on East daily activities.  Please check us out on Instagram (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay), Facebook (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay), Twitter (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay) and Website (Tretoday_Theraiderway.wordpress.com).  Emails to Mrs. Daniel can be sent to Tretodaytheraiderway@gmail.com).  Our daily Bulletin will be posted on our school website each day.

Big week for our Journalism students and Mrs. Casey Daniel.  If you followed local media outlets, we made some very nice headlines.  Mrs. Casey Daniel and her students create Elf Letters each year for interested families as part of a classroom project.  Our students receive information from parents about their child and we develop personal letters from Santa to the respective child.  Our kids love the creative activity and Mrs. Daniel loves how the project applies classroom writing and editing skills in meaningful ways.  I wanted to thank Elena Barroqueiro, Isabella Ghanbary, Julia Zulin, Kim Lamparello, and Mallory Tonra for their calm, cool, and collective demeanor while speaking to the various media outlets.  Mrs. Daniel and our students represented our school with pride!

We held our annual Hour of Code for our students on Monday.  Students from various grade levels participated in activities that demonstrated how to program games.  I would like to thank Mrs. Suzanne Signorelli for all of her hard work coordinating the event as well as Mrs. Diane Harz for her efforts to support in the Media Center.  We held our STEAM Parent Workshop Monday evening in the cafeteria.  I spoke to the parents about the expectations of a Raider and Mr. Kevin McCann spoke at length about the program.  Mr. McCann has done a tremendous job developing a rigorous and meaningful program over the past two years.  I would like to thank all of our STEAM teachers for supporting the workshop and our Ambassadors for providing tours to our parents.  

We held our ½ Day Professional Day on Tuesday.  Supervisors across the district held workshops for their respective departments in support of student achievement.  

On Wednesday, Our Interact Club hosted our annual Blood Drive in the Media Center.  Special thanks to Ms. Ashley Fitzgerald and our students for supporting this important event.  We provided a professional development opportunity for interested staff in our PD Room throughout the day Wednesday.  Staff were asked to collaborate with a colleague and discuss a ‘go to’ instructional strategy to promote student engagement and review for an assessment.  Staff shared out ideas and sent me the outcomes of the conversations.  Congratulations to Ms. Marissa Regad for winning the participation prize of the day.  We hosted the Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) meeting, Coding Night, and College Workshop Wednesday evening at East.  It was quite a night.  I attended portions of each presentation and was impressed with the efforts of the school and district to support our parents.  Thank you to our Child Study Team for the SEPAG meeting, Suzanne Signorelli, Dr. Marc Natanagara, and Tiffany Lucey for the Coding Night, and our entire Guidance Department for the College Workshop.  I appreciate when staff go above and beyond for our school stakeholders!  

We began our 12 Days of Holiday Spirit on Thursday with Holiday Hat Day.  Mr. Kevin McCann met with our Freshman Academy teachers in our Jersey Mike’s PD Room during periods 1 through 3 to support our upcoming activities.  Our Raiders Helping Raiders Mentoring Program hosted a Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop for our mentors and mentees throughout the day.  The workshop supports our goal to promote a healthy mindset.  Mrs. Dawn Aulisi hosted a speaker from the Ocean county Achievement Center in our Main Office Conference Room for our administration and counselors.  Mrs. Gina Opauski spoke to us about a work-readiness program to build futures for young adults.  The organization offers a multi-disciplinary partnership to offer educational and training opportunities, employment assistance and other support to the youth of Ocean County.  Our Guidance Department hosted a Financial Aid Workshop for interested parents Thursday evening.  Representatives from Ocean County College worked with parents to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.  Thank you to Ocean County College for their support!    

On Friday, we celebrated Flannel Friday as part of our 12 Days of Holiday Spirit!  We held our monthly Fire Drill without incident.  Mr. McCann held his monthly Kevin’s Corner for interested staff on questioning techniques to promote engagement and critical thinking skills.  I attended one of the workshops and enjoyed the lesson!  I would like to thank Wells Fargo for providing career workshops for our students in the accounting and banking industries.  Thank you to Mrs. Katie Medina for coordinating the speakers!  Congratulations to our staff for their impressive victory over the students Friday evening at our annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game.  The staff just seem a little too good at this time.  Of course, this will change as our staff ages!  It was a great turnout and I enjoyed the game!  Thank you to the TREA for the donation of the T-shirts for all participants.      

Congratulations to Mackenzie Maher for being recognized as a Respectful Raider this week.  Mackenzie was acknowledged for finding a ring in the hallway and turning it into the Main Office!  Thank you Mackenzie for being a positive reflection of our school community.

Congratulations to Mrs. Elise Weinberger for being named our Employee of the Week.  Mrs. Tammi Pagano selected Mrs. Weinberger for all of her efforts supporting our students in need of support.  Mrs. Weinberger provides an effective and caring problem solving strategy to all of her students as a counselor.  Thank you Mrs. Weinberger for all you do!

I would like to acknowledge Mrs. Meghan Arminio as part of our 180 Days of Excellence!  Mrs. Arminio presented a lesson where students had the opportunity to ‘Book Taste’.  Students traveled from genre to genre within the classroom setting and got a ‘taste’ of the new books in the classroom library.  We are looking to encourage independent reading on Fridays, and the lesson supported our goal.  Great job Mrs. Arminio.  I would also like to acknowledge Mrs. Gina Taaffe and Mrs. Marci Brush for their efforts to support our RHR Yoga/Mindfulness activity.  Mrs. Brush also worked collaboratively with Mr. Pete Bratten on providing breakfast smoothies for interested students on Friday.  I appreciate the time and effort to promote a healthy mindset in our students!

Congratulations to Natalya Milian and Edward Richards for being recognized as our Seniors of the Month!  Natalya was recognized for her commitment to excellence.  She owns an impressive 99.3% attendance rate, earned all A’s and A pluses in honors and AP courses, and is a person of character.  Natalya is heavily involved in extracurricular activities, such as; Math League, Ambassadors, Raiders In Service, “I Rise to Learn”, NHS, and the Spanish Heritage Club.  She is described by her teachers as dedicated, empathetic, and hard working.  Edward was selected because of his commitment to his personal success.  Edward owns a perfect attendance record dating back to his 8th grade year.  He participates in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, is in the top 15% of his Senior Class, and is described by his teachers as someone who owns a growth mindset.  Edward appreciates constructive criticism, accepts challenges, demonstrates resiliency, and does his best each and every day.  Thank you Natalya and Edward for being such positive reflections of our school community!

Did You Know?

A goal at East is to increase student participation in extracurricular activities.  We are in the process of evaluating our recent Student Survey data, and will report out soon to support our goal.  Participating in extracurricular activities has numerous benefits, such as:

Participating in activities you are passionate about can increase your brain function, help you concentrate and manage your time better, all of which contribute to higher grades. 

When you participate in multiple different activities, you will get the opportunity to explore a range of interests and unlock passions you never knew you had!  In addition, diversifying your interests subsequently broadens your world view.


Freshmen Academy/STEAM

Congratulations to the following Academy Award Winners:

Team Black

Most Spirited:  Jaiden Noeding

Most Improved:  Dale Reinhard

Most Responsible:  Sean Kalkiewicz

All-Around Greatest Raider:  Julia Rucker-Glasper

Team Blue

Most Spirited:  Zoe Vella 

Most Improved:  Alexander Valenti

Most Responsible:  Enzo Torino

All-Around Greatest Raider:  Aracely Bruno

Team Silver

Most Spirited:  Eric Scanlon

Most Improved:  Danella Funk

Most Responsible:  Gabriella Joyner

All-Around Greatest Raider:  Mikayla Madigan

Attendance Matters

Why attendance matters

How important is it for kids to be in school? School attendance is a baseline factor in determining student success.

by: GreatSchools Staff | October 18, 2018

(continued from last week’s newsletter)

How can schools increase their attendance rate?

According to the National Center for Student Engagement, schools are most effective in achieving high attendance rates when parents, school leaders and community members work together to focus on reducing absences and truancy, and keeping kids in schools. The center’s Web site provides 10 tips for schools and communities to improve their attendance rates. Among them:

What other factors should you consider when evaluating your school?

The attendance rate is just one factor to consider when sizing up your school. You’ll want to look at the test scores, student-teacher ratio, Parent Reviews and other data that you can find on GreatSchools.org. You’ll also want to find out more about the school climate, quality of school leadership, parent involvement and other factors that aren’t apparent from school data.

I will add the rest of the article in next week’s newsletter.  However, if you cannot wait until then, check out the following link: https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-attendance-issues/

Character Counts

Being Responsible: Makes Your Life Better


(continued from last week’s newsletter)

Similar to the above, in any situation there is always factors outside of our control. An irresponsible person claims these are the reason the task failed, but what you’re really doing is saying you haven’t been responsible. The most common form excuses take is “I would have, but…” Pay attention to how you speak, and start taking responsibility. The next time you start to make an excuse, simply admit why you didn’t get the task done. Perhaps you wanted to do something more fun, or were simply too tired. A responsible person admits the real reasons why they haven’t done something.

By accepting responsibility when you screw up, it makes the most of a bad situation – because you’ve learned from it, and you prevent yourself from making the same mistake again in the future. You’ll never learn anything if you never admit when you’re wrong. So step up, and be responsible when you say “I’m sorry, I’ve messed up. It’s not going to happen again.”

I will provide further details on this article in next week’s newsletter.  Please check out the link:


Tips to Improve School Outcomes

What is Critical Thinking?

(continued from last week’s newsletter)

Someone with critical thinking skills can:

Critical thinking is thinking about things in certain ways so as to arrive at the best possible solution in the circumstances that the thinker is aware of. In more everyday language, it is a way of thinking about whatever is presently occupying your mind so that you come to the best possible conclusion.

I will provide further information from the following link in next week’s newsletter:  

College and Career

7 Tips to Graduate in 4 Years:

(continued from last week’s newsletter)

  1. Find the right College:

  1. Confirm your plan with Counselor, Teacher, Parent or Mentor while in High School:

The above was taken from the following link:  http://www.mymajors.com/blog/7-tips-to-graduate-from-college-in-4-years/.  I will provide more from the above article in next week’s newsletter.

We are offering a unique opportunity for EAST students to take a FREE SAT Practice Test with the Princeton Review on the 26th of January between 9 am and 12:45 pm at HSE.  I highly recommend our students take advantage of this opportunity to take a full-length practice SAT.  After the test, students will receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses.  Please register at:  

https://www.princtonreview.com/products/offerings/424157.  This opportunity is exclusive to HSE students only.

Café Corner!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  We offered free smoothies to interested students Friday morning.  Thank you to Mr. Pete Bratten and Mrs. Marci Brush for their interest in supporting this very important goal!



I have nothing to report this week.

This Week at East

We continue our 12 Days of Holiday Spirit with Scarf Day, Xmas in July, Blizzard Day, Holiday Hat, and Red vs. Green Day Monday through Friday, respectively.  Our School Improvement Committee will meet after school on Monday.  We are hosting a guest speaker on instructional resource support Tuesday morning for interested staff.  Our Teacher of the Year/Educational Professional of the Year Committee will convene after school Tuesday to select our 2018-2019 recipients.  Absolute Chiropractors will be in school providing education to interested staff on healthy lifestyle choices (while providing lunch) Tuesday afternoon.  Our Fall PARCC testing will take place Tuesday through Thursday for select students in our Lecture Hall.  Our PTO meeting will be cancelled this month and will reconvene in January.  Our RHR Mentoring Group will hold our annual Holiday Baking Activity on Wednesday.  Our Chorus will perform Thursday evening at our annual Holiday Concert at 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria.  We will hold a staff breakfast sponsored by Thompson Health Care Friday morning and a Professional Development opportunity in our Jersey Mike’s PD Room all day Friday.  I will attend a meeting to discuss district survey data in the afternoon.  


Instant Decision Day @ HSE for Rider University is on 12/11 @ 9am. Students need to see their guidance counselor for more information.  Seniors who have a college application deadline of January 1st need to submit their paperwork to their counselor by December 12th to ensure delivery by 12/21/18.  HS East is offering a free SAT full length practice test on Saturday, January 26th from 9am-12:45pm. Interested students should see their counselor for registration information.  The last day for a track change is Friday, January 11th.  The registration deadline for the February 9th ACT is 1/11/19.  Register at www.actstudent.org.  OCVTS will be visiting HSE on Monday, December 10th to make their yearly presentation to the Sophomores during their gym classes.  Applications for the Ocean County Arts Program must be mailed by 12/18/18.  Volunteer hours need to be submitted at the end of every month.  Please drop off your community service card in Guidance.


Join the PTO Remind - text @ah89ee to 81010.  We will use remind for event and meeting reminders.  Our email address is trhsepto@gmail.com, Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/trhsepto and find us on instagram @ tomsriverhse.pto.


I would like to thank The Olive Garden for their continued support of High School East.  We have received several lunches in recognition of the efforts our staff make to support student achievement.  Thank you Olive Garden, we appreciate you!

Special thanks to our anonymous donors for our Raise Craze Fundraiser!  The donors purchased a 43” LCD Smart Television to auction off in support of our goal to promote positive school behavior!  Thank you!

I would like to thank Douglas and Mary Fantuzzi for their generous donation to our Robotics Club – Short Circuits.  Our Robotics Club growth is dependent upon the acquisition of funds from various community sponsors.  On behalf of Mrs. Suzanne Signorelli and Mr. Walt Patelunas, I would like to personally thank you for your support of our program.  

I would like to thank CBJ Farms for donating the shrubs/plants for the front entrance of our building for our beautification project.  CBJ Farms is located on 36 Newbold Lane in Chesterfield, New Jersey.  The phone number is (609) 291-9292.  

I would like to thank Chris Rampone for his continued support of our school’s educational incentives to improve school achievement.  Mr. Rampone has generously donated thousands of dollars in coupons to his Jersey Mike’s Subs establishments in Toms River.  Chris is committed to supporting our initiative to improve school achievement through positive school behavior and attendance.  Thank you Chris for all you are doing for East and our community!  

I would like to thank Morano Tours for donating $300 to our school account in support of our attendance and character initiatives.  Thank you Bill Morano your generosity.  The funds will be used to purchase certificates, shirts, and other gifts during our monthly student drawings.  Check out his website, Moranotours.net or call to make a reservation at (732) 237-9977.  Bill was a former teacher at East and is personally connected to our community.

I would also like to thank our wonderful partner, Thompson Health Care, for providing the staff with breakfast on our first day of school.  Thompson Health Care has volunteered to provide food, speakers, and other school-related services in support of our school vision and mission.  Thompson Health Care provides chiropractic, sports rehabilitation, acupuncture, physical therapy, medical pain management and medical weight loss to their patients.


Mr. Thomas, Principal

We at High School East


Anchored in Integrity,

Devoted to Excellence,


Focused on results:

well educated and highly ethical graduates.